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City Council To Consider Police Reform Resolution

Press release from the City of Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - At its regular legislative meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, the Spokane City Council will consider a resolution outlining a set of broad-based police reforms designed to help restore public trust and confidence in the Spokane Police Department. 

The meeting is held at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  Citizens are invited to attend and provide testimony on the resolution.  The resolution is attached.

The Council resolution urges the City administration to take action on police oversight, community involvement, police training and enhanced service delivery. Specific proposals are provided as examples under each of these over-arching principles. 

"The Spokane City Council has been working with the interim Police Chief, the Police Ombudsman, and community groups to develop a specific list of reforms that will address the lack of trust that exists between our Police Department and the citizens of Spokane," says City Council President Ben Stuckart.

"This is a first step in a long process of restoring trust in our officers," says Council President Stuckart.  "We know that our police officers work hard every day for the citizens of Spokane, putting their lives on the line for our community.  Having been on two police ride-alongs in the past six months I understand the stress and risks of the job.  City leaders also need to provide our officers with the tools needed to do the job."  

Specific examples of reforms in the resolution include:

  • Rapidly publishing internal affairs reports.
  • Instituting a body camera program.
  • Restoring the power of the Ombudsman.
  • Implementing use of force recommendations.
  • Examining how the city should pursue its duty to investigate property crimes. 

 

In all, 13 reforms are referenced, and the Council is asking that the administration come forward with a specific implementation plan to address these requests.

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